19 May 2013

The Better Granola and Summer Resolution

In attempts to lower my sugar intake, I chose to make my own granola. Apparently store bought granola is riddled with sugar and all sorts of stuff I shouldn't be putting into my body. Making it from scratch not only allows me to know every ingredient that goes in, but it also gives me control over how much sugar is used. It's so yummy and simple; I can't believe I haven't done this earlier. 
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This summer I promised myself I would try to live a healthier lifestyle overall. I'm no longer bogged down with papers and endless pages of reading, so there really is no excuse for late night chicken fingers. The first step was a major shopping trip to Costco for a fridge (and freezer) full of fruits and vegetables. 
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RECIPE
for granola
INGREDIENTS
2 cups raw old fashioned oats
⅓ cup chopped nuts 
¼ cup seeds of choice (pumpkin, sunflower, etc)
1 tspn kosher salt
2 tbspn almond oil (or any nut oil of choice)
⅓ cup dried fruit
2 tbspn honey

DIRECTIONS
1. Preheat oven to 300℉ 
2. In bowl combine all ingredients 
3. Spray baking sheet and spread mixture over sheet in a thin layer
4. Bake for 12 minutes

NOTES
-Be careful when cooking granola, it burns very easily and there's no salvaging it
-After 12 minutes it may not feel dry and crunchy; still remove it from the oven and allow it to cool and it will crispen. 


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